Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Your library card is your greatest back-to-school tool! Now is the perfect time to discover all of our library’s excellent resources for students of all ages. Whether you’re looking for homework help, a new book, exciting technology, study rooms or computers, we have you covered.

Use Your Student Success Card

Since December 2020, we have issued Student Success library cards to all Valley View students through our partnership with Valley View Community Unit School District 365U, in conjunction with White Oak Library District. Student Success library cards provide the same access to materials and services as a regular Fountaindale Public Library card. Students can check out materials in our building, at Bookmobile stops and at any other Pinnacle libraries in Joliet, Shorewood, Lemont, Plainfield, Crest Hill, Lockport and Romeoville. Your Student Success card is still valid this upcoming school year, so please use it!

Have a new student joining Valley View this year? They will receive their Student Success card this fall. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public LibraryAttend the Back-to-School Bash

Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Annerino Community Center’s back parking lot (Central Park)

Join us for exciting attractions and activities for the whole family. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved into Annerino’s gym. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

  • Join our special guests from Chicago’s Mobile Makers in their Mobile Makerspace for interactive STEAM activities from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Check out items, pick up your holds and return borrowed materials at the Bookmobile
  • Make monster sounds with your voice and cut monster stickers on our Brother ScanNCut machine with the help of our Studio300 team
  • Enjoy a free book giveaway while supplies last
  • Sign up for a chance to win a school supply kit bundle or fidget backpack

Want to learn more about our school services? Call Outreach Services at 630.685.4230 or email outreach@fountaindale.org.

Discover our eResources

We have a variety of eResources to help students from PreK through graduation. Whether you’re looking for online tutoring, sources for a research paper or videos on topics you’re learning in school, our tools will keep students engaged and learning.

For Early Learners

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Scholastic Teachables
Explore lesson plans and activity sheets covering all major subjects for children in pre-K–eighth grade.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

TumbleBooks
Enjoy a large selection of English, Spanish and French eBooks and games for children and tweens.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

TumbleMath
Access the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere to help students of all ages learn.

 

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

World Book Early World of Learning
Preschoolers and early elementary school students will develop reading fluency and phonemic awareness by reading, playing, watching and doing.

For Elementary School Students

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public LibraryBookFlix
Reinforce reading skills and develop essential real-world knowledge through fictional video storybooks paired with nonfiction eBooks.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

CultureGrams
Get an insider’s perspective of the history, customs, daily life and culture of people from around the world.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

NoveList K–8 Plus
Find your next great read, get suggested read-a-likes, read reviews and more on hundreds of books for children.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Primary Search
Search an expansive collection of full-text magazines, reference books, biographies and more designed specifically for elementary school students.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Scholastic Go!
Explore credible, accurate and reliable research content via nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more on almost every subject.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public LibraryScholastic Teachables
Explore lesson plans and activity sheets covering all major subjects for children in pre-K–eighth grade.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

ScienceFlix
Discover earth science, space, health and the human body, engineering and more topics ideal for students in grades 4–9.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

TrueFlix
Find excellent science and social studies videos, eBooks, games, quizzes project ideas and more perfect for elementary school students.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public LibraryTumblebooks
Enjoy a large selection of English, Spanish and French eBooks and games for children and tweens.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

TumbleMath
Access the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere to help students of all ages learn.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

World Book Students
Explore the entire World Book Encyclopedia online with thousands of additional articles, learning resources and research tools.

For Middle School Students

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Brainfuse Help Now!
Access live online tutoring, writing labs, group collaboration classrooms and more.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

CultureGrams
Get an insider’s perspective of the history, customs, daily life and culture of people from around the world.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

FreedomFlix
Bring history to life with eBooks, featuring dynamic popup maps, timelines, virtual tours, videos and audio clips.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Middle School Search Plus
Search an expansive collection of full-text magazines, reference books, biographies and more designed specifically for middle school students.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

NoveList K–8 Plus
Find your next great read, get suggested read-a-likes, read reviews and more on hundreds of books for children.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Scholastic Go!
Explore credible, accurate and reliable research content via nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more on almost every subject.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public LibraryScholastic Teachables
Explore lesson plans and activity sheets covering all major subjects for children in pre-K–eighth grade.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Science Reference Center
Access reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more ideal for middle school and high school students.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

ScienceFlix
Discover earth science, space, health and the human body, engineering and more topics ideal for students in grades 4–9.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

TumbleMath
Access the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere to help students of all ages learn.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

World Book Students
Explore the entire World Book Encyclopedia online with thousands of additional articles, learning resources and research tools.

For High School Students

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Brainfuse Help Now!
Access live online tutoring, writing labs, group collaboration classrooms and more.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

CultureGrams
Get an insider’s perspective of the history, customs, daily life and culture of people from around the world.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Literary Reference Center Plus
Explore an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries, title overviews, literary reference books, book reviews and much more.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

LinkedIn Learning (Lynda.com)
Learn business, creative and technology skills to achieve your personal and professional goals with thousands of expert-led, online video tutorials.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

MasterFile Premier
Discover thousands of full-text general reference magazine articles including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Mango Languages
Explore more than 70 foreign languages, American Sign Language and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and resources to gain real world conversation skills.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

NoveList Plus
Find your next great read, get suggested read-a-likes, read reviews and more on hundreds of books.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Scholastic Go!
Explore credible, accurate and reliable research content via nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more on almost every subject.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Science Reference Center
Access reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more ideal for middle school and high school students.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Something About the Author
Explore the lives and works of thousands of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

US Newsstream
Access full-text articles from more than 1,300 newspapers, news websites and blogs from leading publishers throughout the world.

If you need assistance with using these or any of our eResources, please view our Niche Academy tutorials, ask our staff or watch our staff-made demos on YouTube.

Borrow Books, Movies & Music

Need to unwind after a day of studying? We have tons of books, movies and music you can check out for sheer entertainment. Search our catalog, or check out these exciting platforms from our digital collection.

 

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public LibraryFreegal
Browse, download and stream more than 9 million songs and 15,000 music videos, including current hits and Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

hoopla
Access thousands of movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks and graphic novels when and where you want.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Libby by OverDrive
Borrow from a robust collection of eBooks, audiobooks and magazines all on one easy-to-use app.

Back-to-School Resources 2022, Fountaindale Public Library

Kanopy
Stream thousands of popular films, children’s movies and TV shows and titles from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses and PBS.

Visit the Vortex

The Vortex is our unique space specifically designed for teens to read, study or hang out with friends. Teens in grades 6–12 can play board games and video games, use the computers or reserve a study room with a library card or school ID. You can use our maker cart and kits to create your own blackout poetry, duct tape wallet or beaded bracelets. Learn more about the Vortex, and visit our Vortex Open House on August 15, 16 or 17.

Get to Know Studio 300

Studio 300, our digital media and maker lab, is full of media-creation software and other resources available for you to use. In order to take advantage of Studio 300’s equipment collections, Maker Lab and creative spaces, you must first attend our mandatory online orientation. Once completed, and after getting verification from Studio 300 staff, you can fully use all of our amazing resources. Access the virtual orientation now!

Please note, in addition to completing the orientation on their own, patrons 12–17 years of age must have a parent/guardian complete the training and also grant permission before the child/teen can access Studio 300.

Teacher Library Cards

Teachers, did you know you can get a library card, too? Any public or private school or preschool that resides within the Fountaindale Public Library District can designate a primary contact for their institutional library account. School principals or LMC directors need to provide a teacher listing to issue library cards to teachers. Borrowing privileges are good for one year, September 1–August 31. Learn more…